Summer 2007: Not Ranked
Jeff Deslauriers’ pro career has been a long and winding road. He often begins AHL seasons like gangbusters and then falls off the face of the map as the year wears on. I’m ranking him 17th this season but a look back at previous top 20′s gives you an idea about how up and down he’s been: 6th (2003), 2nd (2004), 2nd (2005), 11th (2006) and I had him unranked in the summer.
Another good indicator of his up and down career is his Save Percentage from the 2006-07 season, by month:
- October .924
- November .887
- December .923
- January .913
- February .911
- March .865
- April .921
All months but October featured at least 5 games (4 in October). Deslauriers currently ranks in a tie for 7th in terms of SP in the AHL this season (.921) and has consistently been in a cluster of players in the top 10 this season in this category.
In terms of scouting reports, Guy Flaming from Hockey’s Future offers this analysis:
JDD is a big and agile goalie who uses his size to his advantage. Even when he is down in the butterfly position, his upright upper body covers most of the net. His side-to-side lateral movement is very good and his positioning is exceptional. Very hard to beat down low. He stills needs to work on rebound-control, as well as inside-edge control. His glove hand might be his weakness. JDD is very aggressive and challenges shooters. He has quick legs and a lightning fast reflexes. Scouts have pointed to an ability to psyche himself out at times, allowing a bad goal to really affect the way he plays. Off ice circumstances have sometimes shown harmful to his on ice performance although last year JDD showed maturity in his mental game.
How many starting NHL goalies have as their weakness their glove hand? I’m asking because I don’t know.
It doesn’t sound good though.